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Quiet Weekend Contemplations

2014 June 9
by Becky

Whenever we have a quiet weekend, one featuring leisurely walks and water fountain play and cool evenings spent with friends and plenty of family snuggle time (peppered with baby kicks against my growing belly), I relish the opportunity to consider short term goals.

Not in that stressful, “we need to start building the nursery!!” or “I need to finish Ethan’s baby book!!!” way that usually fills my head, but in more of a calm contemplation of simple aspirations.

Like finishing the incredible book I’m currently halfway through.

It’s taking everything in me not to start researching the author…this book is absolutely fascinating.

Or finding a really great vegetarian cook book to help me learn more about the art of vegetables…I know how to roast and grill many veggies, but I’m intrigued by things like Roasted Carrot Ravioli in Thyme Brown Butter (thanks Third Stories for pointing me toward this blog) and Roasted Beats and Fried Green Tomatoes.

It’s no secret I love to cook and know lots about it, but I yearn to walk through the farmers market gathering a basket full of produce, never fearing I won’t know how to prepare it or that it will go to waste. Which leads into a return to meal planning…something that’s gone astray for a while now with vacations and Stu’s travel schedule. Having a plan makes shopping so much easier.

Oh and Fried Green Tomatoes are amazing.


There’s also plenty of time spent thinking about how big and grown up Ethan is these days. It’s not only the potty training and the ability to do SO MANY things on his own. He’s thinking and feeling in a way I didn’t realize 3.5 year olds could. He questions our feelings and moods, shows genuine excitement when hearing news not necessarily related to him, and continues to understand concepts seemingly beyond his years.


Nothing against birthday parties and weekend trips and time-consuming house projects…I love those weekends too. But sometimes it’s nice to just unplug a little. Leave the camera at home, let the text messages go unanswered longer than usual.

I have a funny feeling these kinds of weekends will soon be farther and fewer between.

3 Responses
  1. June 10, 2014

    Still love reading your blog. Very informative and makes me want to do those things too. Ethan is growing into a fine young man and will be interesting to see him with his new bro/sis. Anxious to know which it will be.

  2. June 14, 2014

    LOVED that book. Such a good read!
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      June 15, 2014

      Right?? I was blown away. I went into it not knowing for sure if it was a memoir or not…I won’t spoil it for anyone else. :)

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